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307 hand washing stations to be installed at health facilities

Published:Thursday | September 24, 2015 | 12:41 PM
Victoria Jubilee Hospital in downtown Kingston.

The South East Regional Health Authority (SERHA) says it is installing 307 hand washing stations at health facilities as part of measures to improve infection control.

It says it’s expected that 411 foot operated hand washing stations will eventually be installed in all the hospitals that fall under its responsibility.

These include the Kingston Public and Victoria Jubilee hospitals, Bustamante Hospital for Children, Hope Institute, Sir John Golding Rehabilitation Centre, National Chest, Princess Margaret, Spanish Town and Linstead hospitals.

The new hand washing stations will replace the traditional hand operated ones.

SERHA Board Chairman Dr Andrei Cooke explains that proper hand washing is the most effective way to prevent the spread of infections in hospitals.

He says the hand washing stations are being installed in the high risk service delivery areas such as maternity and obstetrics, operating theatre, neonatal unit, intensive care unit and accident and emergency department.

SERHA says the project is valued at $15 million, and is being financed by the National Health Fund.